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Jalapeno Popper chicken breasts cut in slices.

Jalapeno Popper Baked Chicken Breasts

Juicy baked chicken breasts topped with cream cheese, jalapenos, more cheese, and bacon! 

Course Dinner
Cuisine American/Southern, American/Southwest
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 serves
Calories 600 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 (1-pound, total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 to 5 jalapeño peppers, seeded and cut into long strips
  • 4 ounces shredded white and yellow cheddar cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Add diced bacon to a large skillet and cook until crispy over medium-high heat.
  4. Remove bacon from skillet and set aside.
  5. Return skillet to heat and add vegetable oil to the remaining bacon grease.
  6. Pound chicken breasts to a 1/4-inch thickness and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  7. Add chicken breasts to the hot oil (you may have to cook the chicken in batches if skillet isn't big enougand cook chicken breasts for 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Flip the chicken breasts, add butter, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  9. Remove chicken breasts from skillet and arrange in previously prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  10. Return skillet to heat and add in the cream cheese; cook for 1 minute, or until smooth and creamy.
  11. Add dollops of the cream cheese over the chicken breasts in the baking dish.
  12. Take half of the bacon and add on top of the cream cheese.
  13. Arrange strips of jalapeño peppers over the bacon and cream cheese.
  14. Top with shredded cheese.
  15. Bake, uncovered, for 17 to 19 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and lightly browned.

  16. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.

  17. Garnish with remaining diced bacon and fresh parsley.

  18. Serve.

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 14

 

NET CARBS: 3 grams

 

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Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Popper Baked Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 600 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 24g120%
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 708mg30%
Potassium 612mg17%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 1265IU25%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 252mg25%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.